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Sunday, December 21, 2014

‘Guest column’ Archives

Pakman on the “State of the Union”

Pakman on the “State of the Union”

President Obama’s State of the Union address was one of the best in recent history, not judging by the number of applauses and ovations, but by the content. Sometimes it’s the lack of applause from parts of the audience that are most telling. The President mentioned the lack of troops in Iraq for the first time in years, and referred to a system where “everyone plays by the same rules,” a clear reference to corporate misbehavior, income inequality, and other issues in the spotlight ... Full Story

STEIN: SOPA is corporate takeover of democracy

STEIN: SOPA is corporate takeover of democracy

(MADISON) Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president, said today she opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA, H.R. 3261) for giving the government and corporations too much power to restrict speech on the internet. "Democracy can only succeed when free speech is a reality, not merely a promissory note. SOPA would impose censorship on the internet and threatens whistle-blowers and others whose speech is vital to a healthy society. SOPA is part of the escalating assault by global ... Full Story

“Defense Act is unconstitutional”

“Defense Act is unconstitutional”

      by Brian J. Trautman       Each year, Congress authorizes the budget of the Department of Defense through a National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA of 2012, however, is unlike any previous ones. This year’s legislation contains highly controversialprovisions that empower the Armed Forces to engage in civilian law enforcement and to selectively suspend due process and habeas corpus, as well as other rights guaranteed ... Full Story

Privatizing the War on Terror

Privatizing the War on Terror

January 16, 2012 By John W. Whitehead   “Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes… known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few.… No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.”—James Madison America’s troops may be returning home from Iraq, but contrary ... Full Story

Americans Are Less Nationalistic than Flag-Waving

  By Lawrence S. Wittner Are American politicians out of sync with the public when it comes to foreign policy?  There is considerable reason to believe so. Throughout the scramble for the GOP presidential nomination, the major candidates have certainly been rabidly nationalistic.  In a major foreign policy address on October 7, 2011, Mitt Romney proclaimed that “the twenty-first century can and must be an American Century.”  Championing a vast military buildup, he argued ... Full Story

Ann Teinaes: Politics Animated

Ann Teinaes: Politics Animated

                    Ann Teinaes'  animations in the Washington Post present a biting satire  of the news. No subject is off limits no politician is spared. View her work here, cartoons are serious business. Be prepared to stay awhile, there are many pages.   Ann Teinaes            

The Ron Paul candidacy

The Ron Paul candidacy

  Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul has created a great deal of controversy with his libertarian views. He has caused much turmoil both in the conservative camp and among liberals. It appears however, that only liberals are willing to talk about his views. The fact that so many of his views are also espoused by true liberals illustrates how the far right is sometimes nearly indistinguishable from the far left. Several respected liberal writers have taken up the issue, but ... Full Story

News from the Vet, Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) Signs and Treatment By Dr. Danielle Huval Emergency Veterinarian Do you have a dog? Then you need to know about GDV. Gastric dilatation-volvulus or bloat is a life-threatening emergency that affects large and giant breed dogs. GDV is when the stomach rotates on itself, which cuts off blood supply to the stomach and prevents gas and food from escaping.  This is extremely painful and can lead to shock and death within hours. The good news is that ... Full Story

What We Owe to Bertha von Suttner

What We Owe to Bertha von Suttner By David Swanson Just saying her name sounds like a joke: Baroness Bertha Felicitas Sophie Freifrau von Suttner, Gräfin, née Countess Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau. And when she began talking about ending war in mid-nineteenth century Austria it wasn't her name that was treated as a joke. Yet by the turn of the century, her idea seemed to be one whose time had come. Bertha von Suttner's novel "Ground Arms," or "Lay Down Your Arms," was widely ... Full Story

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review

2011: A Civil Liberties Year in Review

By John W. Whitehead     It’s been a year of populist uprisings, economic downturns, political assassinations, and one scandal after another. Gold prices soared, while the dollar plummeted. The Arab Spring triggered worldwide protests, including the Occupy Wall Street protests here in America. Nature unleashed her forces with a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, flooding in Thailand and Pakistan, a severe drought in East Africa, and a famine in Somalia. With ... Full Story

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